What is Black Mold?
Every homeowner worries about black mold, but what is it? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) grows in damp environments and is often seen in areas where condensation has collected or pools or stagnant water inside. Spores enter the home via windows, other openings and can also be brought in on shoes and clothing. While most fungus around your home aren’t dangerous, black mold can cause illness after long term exposure.
Risks Behind Black Mold Exposure
The spores black mold releases are the main culprit behind black mold poisoning. Symptoms include chronic sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat and rashes. Other symptoms include chronic fatigue and persistent headaches. Especially serious cases of prolonged contact to black mold can be more life threatening. Often compounded by an allergy to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
Black mold grows quickly, so you should never postpone calling a professional to inspect for mold growth. They can go unseen for weeks, and then appear essentially overnight.
Once mold forms colonies in your property, it immediately breeds and releases toxins that make life difficult for inhabitants:
- Mold emits a strong, musty odor that stops rooms from smelling clean.
- Mold causes problems for allergy-sensitive people, as well as those with asthma, causing a physical reaction.
- A black mold infestation can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.
- Mold toxins can trigger long-lasting inflammation and constant cold-like symptoms.
- Individuals with weakened immune systems can get systemic infections of the lungs, skin, or digestive tract.
- In rare cases, mold toxins can cause neurological problems or even death.
- The more prolonged the exposure, the more severe the danger.
Exceptionally humid homes and offices can be vulnerable to mold infestations even if no water damage has happened. If you see or smell something that could be mold, get an expert opinion immediately.
To get rid of mold, the setting where it flourishes must first be eliminated. Water sources have to be dealt with, and any residual moisture must be carefully dried out. Only then can mold elimination and remediation start.
Whether a dripping roof, burst pipe, or other opening, it isn’t enough to close the tide. Moisture can drench hidden portions of your home. Without proper cleanup procedures, mold will keep returning to these spots.
Contact Paul Davis today if you think your home has black mold. Our team inspects for existence of black mold before treatment. Depend on our specialists to remove black mold quickly. Keep your family safe, request a black mold inspection today.